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What is the origin of having a green thumb?
the saying "green thumb" means someone who, not literally, has a green thumb because they like gardening. When growing tobacco, farmers remove the flowers from the crops in order to increase the size and weight of the leafs. This process, known as "topping," is standard practice even today. In early colonial America, when tobacco was the major cash crop, farmers would hand-pick the flowers using their thumbnails to cut the stem. After a while, the farmer's thumb would be stained green. Hence the term, Green Thumb.
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This is a saying that means you are good at growing things, anything you plant will grow good. More information In the UK, the expression is having "green fingers." Green t…humb means a natural skill for gardening. like 'green fingers' can grow anything If you have green thumbs it means you are good at gardening, or growing plants. Having a green thumb means you or someone else has an ability to grow plants well and effectively. It means, if you have one, you seem to have the ability to make plantss flourish - you usually have a beautiful garden and a knack of making plants and cuttings and seeds grow. The opposite, is to have a black thumb - ie everything dies in your garden The figurative meaning of 'a green thumb' is that that particular person is good with dealing with plants and can grow lots of things. :D
This is a personal opinion question -- your teacher is trying to see if you know the meaning of these idioms. If you have a green thumb, you are a good gardener; if you are al…l thumbs, you are clumsy.
The Thumb Piano is an African instrument and is very similar to the Kalimba. Some other terms are Mibria or Likembe. They all look quite similar but naturally it has its varia…nces in tome quality in the sound each instrument makes. These instruments have been around for thousands of years. The keys were originally made with bamboo but over the years it was developed into medal keys. In the early 1900's the instrument was given the name Kalimba. It was thought in ancient times that the Thumb Piano was to project its sound into the heavens and was even considered to draw sown spirits to the earth. Some of them were evil spirits so the people would stop playing the music until the spirits had departed from the area. The piano is made of rosewood; the sound board is made of spruce, and comes in different tunings. On the back it has two holes that vibrate and the fingers alter the sound by moving them to and from the holes. Most of the time the Piano is played solo and tuning is not critical as playing with another musician. If playing with another musician then you may want to take note of the tuning. The lower keys have a lower pitch while the shorter keys have a higher pitch. All the keys can be tuned by adjusting the metal piece inward or outward. The low keys are located toward the center of the instrument and the short keys are locates on the outside of the instrument. The Thumb Piano has a very incredible sound, and is a well made instrument. It is sometimes used as a backup for other instruments or vocals. It is usually played when traveling by Griots; Griots are people who are to keep the history of the tribe or village to entertain people with songs, stories, poems, dances, etc. Technically speaking, each note of the thumb piano is a separate idiophone, and in orchestra terms it is in the bar family. Modern variation of the instrument may have more than the traditional 15 tines, with as many as four chromatic octaves, which makes playing more complex music possible. They may have hollow resonating chambers for increased volume, and mechanisms for readily tuning the tines to different scales (tines are the medal keys that are needed to play the instrument). While the keys on the thumb piano are different from the piano or guitar, their arrangement is fairly intuitive, and is considered to be an instrument quickly learned.
My parents are British/South Africans and still use this today with my siblings and me - and even with their American grandkids. I always confuse my American friends wh…en I use the expression. My understanding is that it's a British version of America's "Cross your fingers," which basically means, "Hope that this happens." I also assume that the origin comes from the physical act of taking your thumb and placing it in the palm of your hand with the tip of the thumb pointing out from between your middle finger and your index finger (as your fingers are wrapped down in a fist gesture). Since usually this is done in both hands while giving the gesture of "Holding thumbs," the plural is used since you're doing it with both thumbs. A German expression indicating that you are wishing someone well or luck in something is to say you will "press your thumb" for them. It is done with the thumb of one hand only, bending it inside the index finger and pressing on the outer joint of the thumb with the fingers curled around it. This expression may also be used in the Netherlands, leading to the South African use of it as discussed above. The expression to "Cross your fingers" is common in the UK and parts of Europe and has been used there for centuries. Both the above contain correct elements: in South Africa, with Afrikaans and English being spoken alongside, one gets many Germanic expression taken into South African English. Thus, the Afrikaans expression "Duim vashou" has been directly translated and you find English-speaking South Africans using "Hold thumbs" instead of "Crossing fingers." "Holding thumbs" must not be confused with the physical act of taking your thumb and placing it in the palm of your hand with the tip of the thumb pointing out from between your middle finger and your index finger. It is known in many countries as the"fig sign" and means very different things in different cultures. It is a very rude gesture in South Africa, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, Serbia and many other countries, similar to raising your middle finger to someone. In some countries it is regarded as a good-luck gesture, but it's best to avoid it entirely unless you know its local usage.
"Under my thumb" as well as "wrapped around my finger" are phrases that come from falconry. If I understand correctly, when one holds a falcon, the jess, or leash is held unde…r the thumb and/or wrapped around a finger in order to keep control of the bird.
DEMETER because the person w/ the green thumb is also the mother of persephone
to be under one's thumb, or to be totally controlled by that person was first recorded in 1586. A considerable number of gestures from past times involve the thumb. It was tho…ught that if the thumb was folded into the palm of the hand and the fingers closed around it, it was a protection against evil
The phrase, "rule of thumb" refers to a rule or guideline that is usually though not always correct, it lacks strict precision. Its origin is very simple; it is based on… the use of one's thumb as a measuring tool that, of course, can only give approximate measurements. Most Old English measurements originated from the bodily dimensions of the king such as the length of the "foot" for one foot, the inch (thumb tip to first knuckle), cubit (elbow-to-fingertip), and yard (nose-to-fingertip). There is a second origin given for this phrase. In early English law, and potentially brought over in colonial American, a man was allowed to discipline his wife by beating her provided he used a stick no greater than the diameter of his thumb Rule of thumb was a term, a miller would use when grinding flour. He would rub the flour between his thumb and forefinger, if it was too course he would lower the grinding stones to make the flour finer.
Only 2 percent of the world's population has green eyes.
The "Green Thumb" chain of supermarkets is popular because of their ability to pass on their savings to their customers. I have a "green thumb" when it comes to gardening. … My "green thumb" saved my herb garden last year!
To hope for the best
The goddess Demeter would be known for a green thumb, as she is the Goddess of Agriculture. She is also the mother of Persephone, fathered by Zeus.
If someone were to dye their hair green it would be considered at least one of the following: an embarrassment, a disgrace, or a terrible hair dye accident. None of thos…e are good, but contrary to belief there are many advantages to having green hair. Look at the trees for example. They have a crowning glory of green hair. It helps with the air, and makes it cleaner, and every autumn it automatically changes to the fashionable colors of the season. There are other advantages than just always being in fashion. If you're a foot soldier, you don't have to camouflage your hair to match your surroundings. On St. Patrick's Day you don't have to dye your hair, cause you'll already be festively decorated and in Irish pride. You can get a job as an environmental mascot, and spread the news to go green, and on Christmas dress it up with lights and bells. If you were to travel somewhere to meet someone, you never have to worry about them not recognizing you cause you can always say, "I'm the one with green hair" and never be mistaken. You can become a famous celebrity, and play many green haired characters. If you go swimming the chlorine cant green your hair, cause it's already green. There might be many more advantages to having green hair, but I think the best is if you happen to get shipwrecked on a strange island with primitive tribes, you can get away with being and intruder cause they might think you to be some sort of god and you'll get special treatment and worship
Handy Andy one hand has four fingers and one thumb because that's the way God created you and any more fingers would make you look like an alien/freak.
It means someone who is physically awkward, especially with the hands. There is a proverb from 1546 - 'when he should get aught, each finger is a thumb'
Gardeners who worked with earthenware pots found their thumbs stained green from algae growing on the outside of these pots, according to one theory. Another theory claims… that King Edward the First loved green peas, and had serfs shell them. Whichever serf had the greenest thumb won some sort of prize.